Why do only 6% of scientists identify as Republicans? It's because scientists mistakenly believe that Republicans are anti-science. That's according to Daniel Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University.
Sarewitz argues that belief is quite wrong. Republican politicians aren't the enemies of science, since science funding usually recieves bipartisan backing. He calls on scientists to demonstrate that "science is bipartisan" and prove to the public that they're not "a Democratic interest group."
But no, scientists are correct to see Republicans as the enemy, writes Amanda Marcotte in the American Prospect. She claims that the GOP has ignored or opposed funding for major research into climate change, stem cells, and vaccines.
"Sarewitz blames scientists for the politicization of science," says Marcotte, whereas "any fool can see that Republicans attacked first and scientists are just defending themselves."
Via the American Prospect and Nature.